South Carolina’s injuries are starting to rise after four spring workouts.
Starting center T.J. Johnson, a senior from Aynor, watched Tuesday’s practice while leaning on crutches with a walking boot on his sprained left foot. Coach Steve Spurrier did not address the media after practice, but Johnson could miss the remainder of spring practice due to the injury.
Redshirt freshman spur Marcquis Roberts tore his ACL during Friday’s practice and won’t return until at least the middle of the season in the fall, linebackers coach Kirk Botkin said. Roberts redshirted last season after having shoulder surgery that kept him off the field.
Roberts’ injury leaves the Gamecocks with just two players at the spur position this spring – starter DeVonte Holloman, a senior, and sophomore Sharrod Golightly. Incoming freshman Jordan Diggs will play spur when he arrives on campus in the fall, Botkin said.
Cornerbacks Cadarious Sanders, a sophomore, Ahmad Christian, a freshman, also sat out Tuesday’s practice. Sanders has a pulled hamstring, and Christian has a concussion, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said. Christian could return in time for Friday’s practice, but Sanders is out indefinitely, Ward said.
Senior linebacker Quin Smith is out with a back injury, and sophomore tight end Rory Anderson missed Tuesday due to a sprained ankle.
WILLIAMS AT HOME
Sophomore Brison Williams looks like he’s going to hold onto the starting job at strong safety, Ward said.
“Brison didn’t get to play a lot last season, but he has shown signs of being definitely a starter for us,” Ward said.
With senior free safety D.J. Swearinger and senior cornerback Akeem Auguste sitting out spring practice due to injuries, Williams has assumed a leadership role in the secondary this spring, Ward said.
“He’s doing things the right way that we want him to do on the field,” Ward said.
Williams played in eight games and had 11 tackles last year.
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Freshman Deon Green, who missed last season and is sitting out this spring after a knee injury, will play defensive end to begin his career but is expected to grow into a defensive tackle, defensive line coach Brad Lawing said.
The Gamecocks’ next practice is Friday at 4:15. All spring practices are open to the public.